|my finished quilt - 68" x 77" (173 cm x 196 cm)|
|Jan 2016 before hand quilting|
I wanted my quilt to look like the piece of Kaffe Fassett's Millefiori fabric in the photo below (top right). I think it's important to have an overall look in mind before you start. Otherwise you could just end up with a big mish mash. That's fine if you want that, but many people don't.
Like many other people, I used the English Paper Piecing (EPP) method. I know Willyne hand stitched the original quilt when she designed the pattern, but I had no experience with hand stitching, so opted for EPP. I also think in my case the EPP would provide a stronger seam. I'd hate to do all that work and then have it fall apart!
I chose acrylic templates with 1/4" seam allowance, and they are fine for me. I strongly recommend acrylic templates for this quilt. They are especially useful if you intend to do fussy cutting.
I use glue basting, and Invisafil thread by WonderFil, in two shades of grey. Invisifil thread was recommended to me, and it has been great. It is very fine at 100wt, but also extremely strong. It never breaks! I could have pieced my whole quilt with one reel of this thread. There is so much on each reel.
|half of my la passacaglia quilt - Oct 2015|
Here are links to my earlier posts on my la passacaglia quilt:
July 2015 - includes my mum's la passacaglia too
August 2015 - presentation to Capital Quilters
October 2015 - half way there
December 2015 - what to do with the edges?
January 2016 - the top is finished
January 2016 - how I attached the borders
January 2016 - the completed borders
May 2016 - Hand quilting my la passacaglia quilt
September 2016 - it's finished!
I finished hand piecing the top on 14 January 2016, one year and two weeks after starting. I then added borders, and hand quilted it with Aurifil 28wt, in a range of colours. I matched the thread to the fabrics as much as possible because I didn't want to add even more busyness to the quilt.
I intend to hang it on the wall once it is finished.
|basted, but not quilted yet.|
And below is my mum's la passacaglia quilt. She also used English Paper Piecing and hand quilted her quilt. Mum started her quilt after she saw what I was doing - she caught the bug too. What was going to be a pillow, turned into a whole quilt. In 2016 QuiltMania magazine chose mum's quilt to hang in their exhibition of 20 la passacaglia quilts at the International Quilt Festival in Houston. Now they've also chosen it to hang in Pour l'amour du Fil in Nantes, France in April 2017. Well done mum - Joy Hill. I'm so proud of her.
|by Joy Hill - my mum|